BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

Learning how to be truly individual with Leonora Carrington ART FOR WRITERS

This painting is of the Giantess, (or The Guardian of the Egg)  by Leonora Carrington. She lived a rich and varied life – from being presented at court as a young debutante … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

The power of telling stories…ART FOR WRITERS

This mural is by Fintan Magee, an Australian artist known for his murals throughout  the world. This is a partial list of his public art, but as it doesn’t include … Continue reading

January 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Embroidering people with beauty – ART FOR WRITERS

Ruth Miller creates hand-embroidered portraits from her studio on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Each one takes about a year. This is what she says about her work: “Ugly and gross … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · 5 Comments

Glory in the colour of your words…ART FOR WRITERS

This is one of the Nana scultures by Niki de Saint Phalle and you don’t need me to tell you it’s celebrating life, colour and being a woman. It’s a … Continue reading

December 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Learning from the rich imagery of surrealism…Remedios Varo ART FOR WRITERS

This extraordinary painting is by the Catalan-Mexican surrealist painter Remedios Varo. It was completed in 1955 and called ‘Sympathy’ (originally the Madness of the cat). “I do not wish to … Continue reading

December 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Cezanne and the creative arts…ART FOR WRITERS

I’m not going to write about what Paul Cezanne did  with paint or his enormous influence on art because I know a lot of people reading this will have much … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 7 Comments

It’s all about your point of view…ART FOR WRITERS

This magnificent portrait is a linocut print made by Elizabeth Catlett in 1952. The Title is The Sharecropper. The halo created by the brim of the sharecropper’s sun hat, and … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · 3 Comments

See the music, feel the rhythm…ART FOR WRITERS

  This linocut by the English artist Cyril Power is full of music and rhythm. It was made in the early 1930s and shows just what you can do with … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Is there anything you can’t write about? ART FOR WRITERS

I’m guessing that most people have seen Claude Monet’s paintings of water lilies in his garden at Giverny, near Paris. He began painting them in 1899 and didn’t stop for … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · 7 Comments

A Painting that tells a different story to everyone who views it…ART FOR WRITERS

Last week’s offering (A Victorian genre painting) was almost hyper realistic. In contrast, Jack Yeats makes the viewer do a lot of work. This is an ambiguous painting and the title … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · 4 Comments

Get under the skin of a Victorian genre painting ART FOR WRITERS

There is almost a ready-made story here. Nameless and Friendless is the most famous work of Emily Mary Osborn. She specialised in painting women in distress which has made critics … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Believe the Unbelieveable ART FOR WRITERS

I believe in this girl. I believe she is real and holding the cold (dying?) fish close to her heart, at least while I’m looking at this picture by Diego … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leap into another world – ART FOR WRITERS

No, I’m not going to say anything. You’re on your own for this one. It’s whatever you want it to be. Just write. Make yourself  write if you’re out of … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

Medusa in Wire – ART FOR WRITERS

This is one of Alexander Calder’s wire portraits – a drawing made in space – created around 1930. It’s Medusa, the green-skinned Gorgon from Greek mythology with a face that … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment